When people living in Birmingham, Solihull, and the Black Country have problems with fertility, their local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) fund infertility treatment services (such as IVF) to help women become pregnant. In 2012/13, approximately £2.5m was spent on infertility treatment in these areas.
At present, each CCG has their own policy on infertility treatment and this means services vary according to where people live. Six CCGs across Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country* wish to provide services that are consistent across the area, and are equally accessible to people experiencing fertility problems. As a result, we are proposing one policy across Birmingham, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton for the provision of infertility treatment.
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* The following CCGs are involved in the Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull IVF funding policy review:
- Birmingham CrossCity
- Birmingham South Central
- Sandwell and West Birmingham